Be Smart About Art

Canvas + Conversation: Canvas stretching demo at Russell and Chapple followed by informal networking

London event for art world professionals

Date: June 15, 2019, 10 a.m. - June 15, 2019, 12:30 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Russell and Chapple at Store Street Framing | 30-31 Store Street | London | WC1E 7QE

Nearest Tube Station - Goodge Street

Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible. The workshop will take place downstairs.


Price: £5 - £9.95

Join canvas and conversation, for a canvas stretching demo at Russell and Chapple. This is a practical opportunity to refresh your skills and learn top tips and tools of the trade from industry experts.  The demonstration will be led by Head of Production, Toby Merrill.

> Get a demonstration on how to knock together a stretcher frame and make it square

> Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of stretcher bar, and why traditional stretcher bars are better than making them yourself. 

> Find out how to choose your canvas - what you get from the different types of material and why this makes a difference

> Learn how to stretch un-primed and primed canvas using stretcher pliers and a staple gun

> Discover how to prime to your own canvas and why you'd want to

*** You will get a chance to stretch up and take away your own small canvas (included in the price of your ticket)!


All attendees gain 10% off in store for on the day shopping as well as a 15% framing voucher. 

After the event, guests are welcome to join Alex at the espresso bar next door to have an informal conversation and sharing of art practice.


About Andrew Milne Home

Andrew studied Fine Art, finishing with an M.A. in Fine Art at Winchester School Of Art in 1995. He then lived and worked in Spain for several years. After returning to London in the late 90s, he worked for John Jones in the artists’ surfaces department. With this experience under his belt, he started working at Russell & Chapple, building the business' reputation as a specialist in fine art textiles and supports.  After a stint working as General Manager at Rankin Photography, he took up a new role managing businesses in the Artmat Group, including Russell & Chapple, C. Roberson & Co and Store Street Framing.

Andrew’s current role encompasses retail, framing, project management and manufacturing in the fine art industry.


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Connect on social media:

Twitter: @randcshop

Instagram: @russellandchapple



Alex McIntyre

Alex is Be Smart About Art's Collaborative Partnerships manager as well as an independent artist in her own right. She is driven by a love of people, collaboration, ideas and adventure. Working from a studio in Hertfordshire, she produces land and sky inspired paintings using ink and gesso on birch ply. She regularly sells through The Other Art Fair, Byard Art Gallery and Kendalls Fine Art and undertakes additional exhibitions with galleries and independent art consultants.

Alex's painting practice is grounded in over ten years experience as a participatory artist and project manager collaborating with community groups, arts and cultural organisations including Tate Britain, A New Direction, Royal Opera House Bridge, Watford Museum and the Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance amongst others. This includes 5 years as Co-Director and Co-Founder of HertsCreation C.I.C working with the arts as a tool for learning and transformation.

As Collaborative Partnerships Manager she works behind the scenes to programme many of the events, workshops and talks which are designed by Be Smart About Art to help art world professionals learn and thrive in a changing industry.

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Connect on social media:

Facebook and Instagram: @alexmcintyreartist



About the Event:

Arrivals from 9.45 with a prompt start at 10am.


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